Site announcements were today and man was it interesting. The staff did a great job setting up the school’s cantina for us. They decorated it with American flags, banners, and streamers. They set the announcements up like the Emmy’s so it was really fun to watch. My site is called Sangeorz-Bai. From the information I have gathered, it is a town of about 11,000 people. I will be teaching at the theoretical highschool and they have a lot of extra curriculars like Junior Achievement, entrepreneurship classes, and several ecotourism initiatives. The town is known as a spa town due to it’s 8 different mineral baths so It should be very nice. It’s in the foothills of the Carpathians and I’ve heard it’s absolutely beautiful. Walking up all those hills should give me an ass like JLo’s by the time my 2 years are up! Below is a little video I took of the adorably decorated cantina.
It was a very emotional day and, naturally, I cried. I didn’t cry because I was so happy to receive the highschool of my choice or what sounds like such an amazing location. I cried because I am sad. I am sad to leave this family that I have become a part of with my fellow trainees. I know, it’s so typical of me, but I just can’t help it. I value relationships with people so much that I know I’m going to be homesick for PST and Targoviste.
Enough of the emotional stuff, here are some facts that came within my packet:
- I will have my own apartment
- School Name: Liceul Teoretic “Solomon Halita”
- Teaching 16 hours a week
- Class size of about 25
- Might be teaching a history content course
- Extracurricular activities: English Film Club, Baccalaureate prep classes, small business practice firms, junior achievement
- They want to start the school newspaper back up and have an English section
- Job market classes
All in all I’m ecstatic for my high school and site. It’s the one that I really wanted when they mentioned it to me in my site interview and I’m happy I got it. I am going to be in the most picturesque part of the country and I just can’t wait to go visit it this weekend.
Our counterparts come in on Saturday and then on Sunday night we will be traveling to my new site for a few days!
So this week has been quite interesting.
Firstly, Tuesday was our last day at our practicum schools since they are getting out for the summer within the next week. My last day teaching was Friday so I just observed others teach and then we were invited to one of the 8th grade graduations. It was so cute. The students put together a video of scrolling pictures that played in the background while they read individual speeches to each of their teachers, some of which they have had since they started school in the 1st grade. A lot of the kids got emotional and it was absolutely adorable to watch them with so much happiness that they are moving on to high school but so much sadness in knowing that, after spending 8 years with the same people in the same class, they will go their separate ways to various high schools throughout the city.
Later that night, my friend Jeremy and I played tennis with a PCVL and one of our language teachers at the park and that was a blast. It was nice to run around and laugh at our tennis skills while better getting to know one of my teachers and one of the PCVLs that has been at the training hub on and off since the beginning.
Today was a rough day in respects to language. Instead of having our typical 4 hour language classes from 9-1, our teachers created what they referred to as “simulation stations” for us. There were 6 various rooms and in each room there was 1 or 2 language instructors and you had to pull a slip of paper that had a random scenario description that you had to successfully complete in Romanian. The rooms/topics were divided into: Family, Post Office, Restaurant, Socializing, Shopping, and Travel. Each topic lasted only 5 minutes so it was a little unnerving at first. My first room I went into was shopping and my slip read: “It is your birthday party tomorrow. You have to discuss with your friends what foods and drinks you will buy, the quantities, where you will buy them, and make sure to mention how the shop keepers never seem to have change for you.” It was definitely intense but I made it out alive. The rest of the day was spent listening to practicum presentations from all 8 groups which became very repetitive very quickly.
Tomorrow, however, is a huge day! We don’t have to be at school until 10am which is absolutely amazing. We are done with language classes for the rest of the week because tomorrow we have medical sessions where we will receive any vaccines that we have yet to receive and in the afternoon we find out our site placements!!!! This is the moment that we have been waiting for for 6 weeks. After tomorrow, we will know where we will be living for the next two years and we will start preparing for our counterpart conferences that will occur this weekend. Our teaching counterparts of our new schools will come into town for the weekend where we will get a chance to meet them, interact with them, talk more about what Peace Corps goals in Romania are, and then come Monday morning, we will head out to our new sites with our counterparts for 4 days to get acquainted with our new homes! I CAN’T WAIT!